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Frequently Asked Questions

I have already submitted my application. What are my options?

If you have submitted an application, Green Operator Program staff will contact you to discuss your options. Time constraints and other published Program requirements will apply.

I am planning to submit my application. Can I still apply before October 1?

Yes. The following guidance applies. Please contact Green Operator Program staff to discuss your options. Time constraints and other published Program requirements will apply.

Applications received by August 31, 2017:

  • Will be eligible for purchase of a 2007-2009 emissions engine with a rebate amount of up to $20,000. All Program requirements (including evidence of scrappage, and documentation of the approved truck purchase) must be completed and submitted on or before September 30, 2017.
  • Will be eligible for purchase of a 2010 or newer emission engine with a rebate amount of up to $20,000. All Program requirements (including evidence of scrappage, and documentation of the approved truck purchase) must be completed and submitted on or before September 30, 2017.
  • Will be eligible for purchase of a 2010 or newer emission engine with a rebate amount of up to $30,000 if the approved truck purchase occurs on or after October 1, 2017.
    • May require a Certificate modification and time extension.

Applications received on or after September 1, 2017:

  • Will ONLY be eligible for purchase of a 2010 or newer emission engine with a rebate amount of up to $30,000.

Can I withdraw my application?

Yes, withdrawal from Program is permitted. The current policy to allow withdrawal from the program without penalty will continue.

Who is eligible for this program?

  • Owner-operators must currently provide drayage truck services to The Port of Virginia facilities. Proof of port service is required to participate in this program.
  • Independent contractors as well as fleet owners may apply.

What is the purpose of this program?

  • The program is intended to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases associated with the transport of cargo to and from The Port of Virginia facilities.

Can I apply for funding for more than one truck?

  • Yes. Each truck must meet the eligibility requirements.
  • If you need space for additional trucks on your application, attach additional sheets of paper and include the owner’s name on each sheet and attach to the application.
  • IMPORTANT: The new truck must be purchased after you have been accepted into the program AND only when instructed to do so by program staff. If the truck is purchased before acceptance into the program OR before directed by staff it will not be an eligible purchase.

What are the eligibility requirements for the trucks?

  • Truck engines must be 2006 or older. Preference will be given to trucks with 1997 and older engines. If funds are still available, trucks with model year 2006 engines and older will be eligible for funding.
  • Trucks must be Class 8 vehicles.
  • Trucks must have been owned for at least one year by the applicant and will be verified by the date on title.
  • The truck must be drivable on the date that it is scrapped. This also means the truck must have a current registration and insurance.
  • The truck must be free of any liens.

Old trucks will be required to be scrapped. Any proceeds from the scrap metal must be applied toward the purchase of the truck.

I just bought an old truck – can I replace it with a newer truck through this program?

Old trucks must have been owned for at least one year before the truck is eligible for the program.

My truck just broke down – can I replace it with a newer truck through this program?

Old trucks must be drivable  on the day of scrappage.

Complete applications must include the following:

  • A signed application.
  • A copy (front and back) of a valid identification card from The Port of Virginia.
  • A copy (front and back) of a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC).
  • A copy of the current truck title and registration.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • A photograph of the current truck with license plate clearly legible.
  • Letter for preapproval for funding the remainder of the vehicle.

Applicants have 90 days to complete the application process. If all required information has not been provided within that time frame, then the application will be closed. The applicant then must wait six months before starting the application process over.

How can I tell if I will qualify for financing for the balance of the truck price?

Approval for financing is solely the decision of the financial institutions and is generally based upon your credit report and credit score. A credit report is a record of your credit history. Other factors may be reviewed by the financial institution before financing is approved. Below is a list of questions that are commonly asked by financial institutions when reviewing financing applications. Please consider these questions before you choose to pursue participating in the Green Operator Program.

  • Have you had a bankruptcy within the last four years?
  • Do you have a foreclosure or lien in your recent financial history?
  • Do you have an open federal tax lien?
  • Do you have a prior repossession in your past?
  • Is your credit score below 600?
  • Do you consistently pay bills late?

Answering yes to any or all of these questions may impact your chance of obtaining financing, but ultimately the decision is up to the financing institutions.

When should I buy my new truck or retrofit device?

  • Program staff will contact you after you are accepted into the program. At that time, you will receive an acceptance packet with instructions for how to proceed with the purchase of your truck or retrofit device.
  • Do NOT purchase a new truck or retrofit device prior to program approval or you risk program eligibility for the program.

When should I scrap my old truck?

  • Program staff will contact you after you are accepted into the program to give you more details on how and when to scrap your truck. A checklist for documenting the scrappage process will be provided to you.
  • The new truck must be purchased after you have been accepted into the program AND only when instructed to do so by program staff. If the truck is purchased before acceptance into the program OR before directed by staff it will not be an eligible purchase.

How can I get an application?

Who do I contact for assistance?

For questions, please call the truck hotline at 804-482-1790.